If you can name the evolutions of Jigglypuff or all of Sailor Moon’s friends, then this class is for you! We’ll talk about all things manga and anime, but especially on the themes and plots that make our favorite stories so interesting! We’ll learn about how and why manga and anime developed, what types they fall into, and why they are among the most popular literature in the world. We’ll read, view, and discuss some anime/manga together (using Netflix Party if we are meeting virtually), but students will also be asked to review what they’re reading/watching on their own and present those to the class. We may also bring in guest speakers (either virtually or in person) who have a specific expertise with this unique genre. This will be an engaging class that combines entertaining subject matter with -- shhhh! -- literary analysis. 

Note: Since anime/manga spans maturity levels, ALL common texts, shows, and presentations will be reviewed prior to class for appropriateness. 

1 hr. Fridays, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

$308 + $25 materials fee = $333

Students will learn about expanding their imagination to communicate their unique stories and visions. We will explore a variety of different genres, including fantasy, science fiction, comedy, and many other creative types of writing. Additionally, in this class we will do assignments that stem from "outside the box," such as write a story from an animal's perspective or write a story inspired by a painting, song or dance. In the past we have created work based on literature, quotes, quirky characters, as well as personal stories. Students will share work and learn from their peers and most importantly we will have fun! 

1 hr, Mondays, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
$308

Master the basics of word use, sentence structure, and punctuation utilizing the exercises in the brilliant Grammar textbook The Least You Should Know About English. We will use the simple approach offered in this workbook to strengthen students’ writing skills in preparation for college essay writing and beyond. All the foundational knowledge required for college-ready writing will be briefly covered in this year long course. It may sound intimidating, but we will break down the rules of grammar and writing into easily digestible lessons that will gradually   build a foundation of skills that will leave the students wondering why so many people struggle with punctuation and grammar when it is quite simple –   really! This class will translate well and be essentially the same online or in person.

1 hr. Wednesdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm
$308 + $25 materials fee = $333

This class will provide students with a fundamental understanding of literature, essay writing, and poetry. Students will be given the tools to understand and analyze prolific texts so they can understand theme, literary devices, plot, characterization, and how to write and discuss the work in an intelligent way. Additionally, this class is meant to install passion and excitement for these great works of literature, hoping to inspire them to write, read, and continue the evolution of their literary journey. 

1 hr. Mondays, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
$308

Did you know that Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the United States after English? And that communities of Spanish speakers exist on all seven continents, including Antarctica? And that Spanish is one of the easier languages for English speakers to learn, in part because letters are almost always pronounced only one way? This class will teach introductory Spanish, with an emphasis on oral communication and basic grammar. Whether in person or online, every student will be expected to speak and participate in every class. In addition to the language, we’ll learn about the many parts of the world where Spanish is spoken, and students will do individual projects about culture and history from these areas. Since we meet so seldom, students will need to do additional listening and oral practice on their own. I am asking students to use the free version of Duolingo, although if students already have access to another audio program they may use that. I will provide links to other programs as I find them.
We will be using UHS Online and its capabilities regardless of whether our class is in person or virtual (or a hybrid). We will also use workbooks and worksheets to reinforce lessons, although I am not requiring a textbook. Students who are native Spanish speakers but have had no formal training are encouraged to take this class. Required materials: See It and Say It in Spanish -- Kindle or paperback version, No Nonsense Spanish Workbook by Caitlin Cueno -- Kindle or paperback version, Spanish/English dictionary published post-2010

1hr. Mondays, 11:00am - 12:00pm
$308 + $25 materials = $333